With so much contradictory information going around, you may sometimes find it difficult to establish if and how your contraception could affect your fertility. Whether you’re hoping to conceive now or in the future, it’s a good idea to get your facts straight and also give yourself some peace of mind. So, let’s have a look at four popular methods of contraception and bust the myths that are associated with them.

Contraceptive pill

Many people believe that the oral contraceptive pill can affect a woman’s long-term fertility – and it’s true that some women find it can take a few months for their menstrual cycle to settle back into a normal routine once they come off the pill. However, while this form of birth control is effective in preventing pregnancy when it’s being taken, it does not disturb fertility in the long run. So, whether you’re taking a combined pill, such as Rigevidon, or a mini version such as the Cerazette pill, you can rest assured that should you ever decide to stop using this contraceptive, your ability to conceive will not be affected.

Intrauterine device

During the 1980s, there were rumours that the intrauterine device (IUD) could cause pelvic inflammatory disease, which could in turn lead to infertility. It has since been established that it is not the device itself that causes this, but exposure to sexually transmitted infections (STIs). While an IUD can prevent pregnancy, it does not protect against STIs. If left untreated, certain STIs can lead to infertility, so it’s important to note that when using an IUD, or any other non-barrier contraceptives, it is safest to use a condom at the same time.

Condoms

If your choice of contraception is a condom, your fertility is left completely undisturbed. Condoms, and other barrier methods, such as a diaphragm, only work while they are on or in the body. Also, condoms are the only form of birth control that also protect you from STIs, so by using this type of contraception you can ensure you have a lower risk of catching an infection that could potentially lead to infertility.

Contraceptive injection

While the contraceptive injection is a highly effective form of birth control that can last for up to 13 weeks, once it’s stop being used, there is no permanent effect on your ability to conceive. However, it could take up to one year for your fertility to return to normal after you stop using this form of birth control.

It’s clear to see that these four contraceptive methods are unlikely to affect your fertility in the long term. However, if you’re concerned about your ability to conceive, you may want to seek further advice from your doctor.